Thursday, October 25, 2012

What Is Your Favorite Word?

I like words.  Indeed, as a lawyer, I made my living from words.  When I think of my favorite word, however, it is not a legal word.  It is a word, or to be more accurate, a phrase, I learned in a college botany course.  In fact, it is the only thing I retained from the course.  (I was not destined to be a scientist.)  Okay, here it is:

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30 comments:

  1. Your favorite word has a beautiful meaning. My favorite word is flibbertigibbet. What does that say about me? Hopefully only that I often win word games with it. Oh! I do love your word!

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    1. Kim, I had to laugh--what a great word! It is also fun to say, like mine. I think it says about you that you love fun and you don't take yourself too seriously.

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  2. I am already loving the discussion going on over at Lori's blog. :)

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  3. I love your favorite word, though I'm not sure if I pronounced it correctly.

    A word that came to mind for me is myriad. I like how it sounds and all that it covers.

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    1. Tina, It's fun no matter how you pronounce it! I like your word, too. We could have fun saying "myriad meristems!"

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  4. Hi Galen......I'm a pretty simple straight forward kinda gal......JOY......would have to be it for me.......yep.......JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY.....can't get enough of that can we????

    xo

    Jo

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    1. Your comment reminded me of the gospel hymn, I've got a joy joy joy joy down in my heart.

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  5. Loved the meaning! I also learned something new today...thanks!

    I think shanti is my favorite word..it means peace. I am constantly pursuing it and when it comes , it's such a sweet reality! :)

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    1. Jessica, What language is that? What a beautiful word.

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  6. How about Scrappy's nickname- Boofus, short for "baby doofus".

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  7. My favorite word right now is PEACE. That's what I need in my life right now!

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    1. Betsy, I hear you! I need a little inner peace right now, too.

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  8. There's so many different ways to love words! I couldn't even get it down to a Top Ten, because I love so many of them.

    The scientist part of me loves the layers of meaning in the Latin and Greek of medical terminology; epidural, spondylosis, lordotic, phlange, proximal, technologist.

    The artist in me loves poetry and onomatopoeia; kaboom, mellifluous, synchronicity, limerance, splash, karuna

    And the comedian loves funny sounds and absurd concepts; periwinkle, canard, deniability, truthiness

    When I was a teenager, I made up a term that I still like for the kind of narrow, fear-based thinking that imprisons intellect and creativity - concentric multiboxes.

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    1. Mikey, A great list, especially the original term!

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    1. Bonnie, Always a great word, along with grateful!

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  10. I would say the word I use most is moment!
    I need more moments or I enjoy the moment and etc.
    Also, I use Blessings! Blessings to you or I need a blessing, etc.

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    1. LeAnn, Moment--that was an interesting choice. I like the concept of the holy instant, an eternity in this moment. Blessings, lovely.

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  11. My favorite word is mandala meaning full circle. We had the opportunity to name our little lane that we built our house on...we called it Mandala Lane.

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    1. It must be a charmed place to live. Great word.

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  12. Apical meristem!!!! Wow. I love this...the meaning behind it. I want to use it in a story....Galen....you made my day with this word and it's powerful meaning. Yeahhhh!!! pushing through the dirt.....

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    1. Nikki, Yes, please use it in a story. Send me the link--I look forward to reading it!

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  13. oh and my favorite word...Moxie...meaning is pretty much the same I think as yours :)

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    1. Ah, like another of my favorite words--mojo!

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